The word “photography” comes from Greek, “photos (ϕοτοσ), light, and graphos (γραοσ), writing, delineation, or painting,” (Oxford Reference) or drawing with light. Bill Clark takes this almost literally in most of his photography.
I first saw Bill’s work at a juried exhibit with unique qualities that attracted the viewer to examine them. You see, most of the time we “take” photographs whereas Bill Clark “makes” his photographs. Focused mainly on the abstract photography domain, he explores the relationship between light, time, and motion. The resulting work is elegant, moving, enigmatic, and unique to his style.
It must be quite interesting to watch Bill working in the dark, equipped with his camera looking at his light sources, moving his camera gracefully according to a mental image he envisions. I have seen many photographs using camera movement to achieve some level of abstraction but Bill’s work quietly yet forcefully captures the relations between light, time, and motion than the blurry trees. Of course, his second art form, calligraphy helps in the graceful movements he can produce tracing a mental image.
You will get a chance to see Bill Clark’s work soon as he will be exhibiting his work at the Providence Center for Photographic Arts, November 9 – December 2, 2017. The opening reception is on November 16, 2017, 5 PM — 9 PM.
Here are a few samples of his work. You can also visit his Web sites to get more familiar with his art, photography, and calligraphy. Both are very dear to my heart! Congratulations Bill.
Correction: In the original post I mistakenly stated that Bill worked “… in a dark studio, equipped with his camera and his light sources … ” As of now, he says he always works in the field since he finds it much more genuine and exciting.